Windsor-Essex hospitals stick with COVID-19 mask policy

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Windsor Regional Hospital's Ouellette Campus is shown in a file photo. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)
Windsor Regional Hospital's Ouellette Campus is shown in a file photo. (Mike Evans/CBC - image credit)

Mask mandates for visitors, patients and staff at Windsor-Essex hospitals will continue to remain in place, as a provincial policy expires.

Windsor Regional Hospital (WRH), Erie Shores Healthcare (ESHC) and Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) said Wednesday that despite a downswing in COVID-19 levels, masking policies and procedures will stay in effect.

The decision "takes into consideration the higher-risk environment in which WRH, ESHC and HDGH operates with many elderly and immune compromised patients," the hospitals said in a joint media release.

Though most Ontario mask mandates were lifted in March, the province's chief medical officer of health kept a directive in place for some high-risk settings including hospitals. It will expire on Saturday, June 11.

It's now up to individual hospitals to decide whether to keep mask rules in place, the media release stated.

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